December 14, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
Two hundred sixty Chinese lawyers signed an open letter condemning police action in the northeastern province of Jilin where a lawyer was detained after invoking the constitutional rights of free speech and religion in court. The lawyer, Zhang Keke, was taken from court and detained for six hours ...[read more]
December 8, 2014
by Peter Snyder
The US Supreme Court agreed last Friday to add three cases to the docket for the upcoming term. The first case, Walker v. Texas Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans, Inc. involves state-issued specialty license plates and whether the First Amendment's free speech protection allows state ...[read more]
December 2, 2014
by Christina Alam
JURIST Guest Columnist Faisal Kutty of Valparaiso University School of Law discusses the offenses of non-consensual publication of obscene materials and possible implication of the laws banning such offenses ..."I was just so afraid. I didn't know how this would affect my career," said Jennifer ...[read more]
November 10, 2014
by Brittany Felder
Mumia Abu-Jamal and supporters filed a lawsuit Monday challenging a recently passed Pennsylvania law that they claim stifles free speech. The law, an amendment to the Crime Victims Act titled "Revictimization relief," states that victims of personal injury crimes can bring civil actions against ...[read more]
October 11, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
Bahraini human rights activist Nabeel Rajab was charged on Thursday with insulting the ministries of defense and interior over his tweets that alleged Bahrain's security institutions were the first incubators for extremist ideology. Without naming Rajab, the public prosecution statement ordered ...[read more]
September 29, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) is taking steps to weaken the rule of law, control Internet and media, and suppress critics and protesters, Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported Monday. HRW tracked the government's response to recent developments and made recommendations that focus ...[read more]
September 18, 2014
by Alex Ferraro
JURIST Guest Columnist Ron Fein, of Free Speech for People, discusses the Supreme Court's recent Hobby Lobby decision ...The Supreme Court's majority opinion in Hobby Lobby made a serious mistake about the nature of corporate religious claims. But so did the dissent. As Hobby Lobby's case worked ...[read more]
September 17, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Wednesday called on Malaysian authorities to cease arrests and prosecutions under the country's 1948 Sedition Act, a law that limits free speech and freedom of expression. Rupert Colville, OHCHR spokesperson, expressed concern ...[read more]
September 12, 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia
The US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit on Thursday upheld a ban on gay conversion therapy in New Jersey. The lawsuit was filed by two licensed therapists, among others, who practice "sexual orientation change efforts." In November a federal judge in Trenton dismissed the lawsuit, rejecting ...[read more]
September 12, 2014
by Bradley McAllister
Judge Timothy Black of the US District Court for the Southern District of Ohio on Thursday struck down a contested law in Ohio, known as the false statements law, which barred people from knowingly or recklessly making false statements about candidates in the course of a campaign or nomination ...[read more]

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